Three men were rescued from the water after their boat ran out of fuel around Awendaw Tuesday night.

Rescue workers were sent off Bulls Island Road at 7:12 p.m., according to Trae Wright with the Charleston County Rescue Squad. The Awendaw Fire Department also responded.

The rescue squad sent out two boats. After a lengthy search and cell-phone calls to the men on the boat, the boaters were found standing in waist-deep water, obviously cold due to dropping temperatures and increasing wind, Wright said.

EMS workers evaluated the men when they got back to shore, and the boaters said they didn't need to go to a hospital.

Boaters should always carry a cell phone that is charged in a waterproof bag, a working marine VHF two-way radio, and signaling devices, such as flares, flashlights and a whistle should an emergency occur, as well as appropriate clothing for changing weather conditions, Wright said.